West and Central Africa

Green Economy

New study to help businesses address their impacts on nature

As the business community begins to embrace ecosystems and biodiversity as key components of commercial success, a ground-breaking report from the major study of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is being published by Earthscan today. …  

15 Dec 2011 | News story

Les parlementaires et les journalistes d’Afrique Centrale renforcent leurs capacités sur la Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau

La salle de réunion de l’hôtel Somba, à Bangui, a abrité les mardi 29 et mercredi 30 Novembre derniers, un « Atelier régional de renforcement des capacités des parlementaires et des journalistes d’Afrique Centrale, sur la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau (GIRE) et son importance pour le développement ». …  

13 Dec 2011 | News story
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Ashok Khosla

IUCN President gets top WWF honours

IUCN President Dr Ashok Khosla OBE, one of the world’s leading experts on the environment and sustainable development, has been awarded the 2011 WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal. …  

09 Dec 2011 | News story

West Africa

Will Africa Climate Talks deliver for Africa

The 54-nation African Group says its minimum expectation from the COP 17 climate change conference in Durban is a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol. However, that result seems someway off at present.

08 Dec 2011 | News story

Boy with Rice and Fish in the Tsitongambarika forest

Protecting nature makes sense: IUCN and Rio Tinto assess conservation’s costs and benefits

A new study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) finds that by financing the restoration or protection of natural areas, companies can offset the negative impacts of their operations and generate significant economic benefits, but the needs of local communities must be properly addressed. …   | French | Spanish

07 Dec 2011 | News story

New brief on national forest governance assessments

New brief on findings from national forest governance assessments

Between 2005 and 2009, the IUCN project Strengthening Voices for Better Choices (SVBC) sought to improve the effectiveness of forest governance in six key tropical forest countries: Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Viet Nam. …  

07 Dec 2011 | News story

The “Blue Carbon Policy Framework” outlines opportunities for including the conservation of coastal areas in climate change policies and financing processes.

First action plan for world’s blue carbon policy

The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been presented in a report by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI). …   | French | Spanish

06 Dec 2011 | News story

Burkina Faso, West Africa

Climate Change in Burkina Faso

IUCN has been working in Burkina Faso for more than twenty years. According to the head of the office there, Dr Moumini Savadogo, a major part of that work is being developed on climate change adaptation and mitigatation. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story
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Dr Kenneth Angu Angu, Regional Programme Manager for Central Africa, CARPE/IUCN

REDD+ in the Green Heart of Africa

Whatever the politicians may or may not do at the Durban Climate Change Summit, people around the world are already out there dealing with the existing impacts of climate change. …  

05 Dec 2011 | News story

Masaai boy herding goats, Olbil, Tanzania

Climate awareness at 30,000 feet: IUCN and South African Airways team up

Africa’s most awarded airline, South African Airways, and the world’s largest environmental union, IUCN, have teamed up to launch a unique climate change awareness campaign to coincide with the start of the UN’s Climate Change Summit in Durban. …  

02 Dec 2011 | News story

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